The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears

The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears

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Today, a fraction of the Cherokee people remains in their traditional homeland in the southern Appalachians. Most Cherokees were forcibly relocated to eastern Oklahoma in the early nineteenth century. In 1830 the U.S. government shifted its policy from one of trying to assimilate American Indians to one of relocating them and proceeded to drive seventeen thousand Cherokee people west of the Mississippi.

The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears recounts this moment in American history and considers its impact on the Cherokee, on U.S.-Indian relations, and on contemporary society. Guggenheim Fellowship-winning historian Theda Perdue and coauthor Michael D. Green explain the various and sometimes competing interests that resulted in the Cherokee's expulsion, follow the exiles along the Trail of Tears, and chronicle their difficult years in the West after removal.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2007
ISBN: 9780670031504
067003150X
Branch Call Number: History 975.004 PER
Additional Contributors: Green, Michael D. 1941-

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michelle_mcgrath
Nov 05, 2016

I found this book to be concise, and informative exploring information not in other books on the subject. I enjoyed learning that Chicken Snake Jackson was just another bully in American history. Our society was founded by rich white men for rich white men all others must suffer and die in this nation. To this day America is still unable to actually hold up its end of the bargain over and over again. Racism and ignorance are still rampant in this country.

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Kateri8
Jun 07, 2016

A classic on the subject.

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JackPurcell
Mar 13, 2015

Not the best history of the relocation of the tribes east of the Mississippi River to Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, but a quick and dirty to provide background for further reading.

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ralphdyer
Nov 29, 2010

A short overview of history. Good for a brief history;but, not that interesting read.

Completed Nov. 29/2010

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